Red Bulls Control Home Opener but Settle for 0-0 Tie with D.C. United

HARRISON, NJ (March 16, 2013) – Despite out-shooting their opponent, 24-4, the New York Red Bulls settled for a 0-0 tie against D.C. United in their 2013 home opener at Red Bull Arena Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 22,022 spectators. New York now has two points off a 0-1-2 record.

The Red Bulls controlled most of the match and Fabian Espindola came closest in the opening 45 minutes, heading a Thierry Henry feed off the crossbar. Earlier eight minutes in, New York’s Eric Alexander slipped Henry in and the Frenchman forced goalkeeper Bill Hamid to make a full extension stop.

In the 56th minute, Espindola hit the crossbar again, this time from 15 yards out with a left-footed blast. Soon after. Alexander played it over the top to Henry and the forward volleyed it high. Hamid came up trumps for United later, making a point blank save on Tim Cahill seconds to keep the score line even.

New York defender Brandon Barklage nearly earned three points for the hosts at the end, forcing Hamid to make a last gasp save off the end line with a header.

The Red Bulls next hit the road to take on the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 23 at Olympic Stadium at 4:30 PM (TV: MSG – Pre-Game Show at 4:00 PM: Radio: ESPN Deportes Nueva York 1050 AM). New York returns home on Saturday, March 30 to battle the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena at 3:30 PM. Tickets are available by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

New York Red Bulls 0, D.C. United 0
March 16, 2013 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
MLS Regular Season

Scoring Summary:
Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Tim Cahill (caution) 25’
NY: Fabian Espindola (caution) 64’
NY: Juninho (caution) 78’

New York Red Bulls (0-1-2, 2 point) – Luis Robles, Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce, Eric Alexander (Connor Lade 89’), Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Jonny Steele (Juninho 68’), Fabian Espindola, Thierry Henry (Amando Moreno 92’+)

Substitutes Not Used: Santiago Castano, Kosuke Kimura, Ruben Bover, Lloyd Sam

D.C. United  (1-1-1, 4 points) – Bill Hamid, James Riley, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb, Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon, Marcelo Saragosa, Dwayne De Rosario (Marcos Sanchez 76’), Lionard Pajoy (Carlos Ruiz 71’)

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Raphael Augusto, Daniel Woolard, Ethan White, Kyle Porter

Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Sean Hurd, Greg Barkey
4th Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Attendance: 22,022